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Penguins killed by dogs

Penguins killed by dogs

Penguins are protected by law in New Zealand, but they remain at risk from uncontrolled dogs. Here, two domestic dogs have gone on a spree, killing 72 little penguins in a short time. Cats and ferrets are also a threat during nesting. The number of little penguins has climbed quite quickly at sites where predators have been removed.

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Lloyd Spencer Davis, 'Penguins - Conservation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Lloyd Spencer Davis, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 11 Jul 2016